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Steam Punk Nerf BuzzBee Hunter Pistol 2 by MarcWF Steam Punk Nerf BuzzBee Hunter Pistol 2 by MarcWF
A view of the open breech on Buzzbee Hunter dueling pistol mod. WIP - Wood grip still needs several final coats of urethane. With it's current mods I know it shoots around 45 feet or so, but I still need to test it for final official ranges. (stock Hunter ranges with Buzzbee darts are 20-25ft)

Performance mods:
- Air restrictor removed
- Bolt cut and drilled
- PVC pipe insert
- Plastic bolt to brass internal breech (entire forward section of barrel is a nested internal brass tube)

The Hunter is inherently limited in power due to it's design. It is difficult to get insane ranges without extensive work and extreme modification. (For example a fully air-tight, all-brass bolt and breech mod, heavy modification to the bolt air seal system, etc).
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Hi!

Just wanted to tell you that this has been one of my favorite mods for a looong time (since way before I got a deviantart account). I am working on a couple of Buzz Bee Hunters right now (similar to the Rapid Fire Tek mods I have been doing) and decided to look it up once more - and that was when I realized that you had done this mod. I only ever associated the tacticool stuff with you which isn't really my cup of tea - but this thing ist just incredibly gorgeous. Have you dropped mods of this kind in favor of the more modern ones you are doing right now?

Edit: Speaking of hunters: I am really excited about the Buzz Bee Predator. People seem pissed that it is basically going to be a Hunter clone but I am really happy about that as all the Buzz Bee blasters using this setup work so well (and look so good) with RSCBs. Can't wait for them to arrive in stores over here...
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MarcWF Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man! I love doing these pieces - but they do take more time than the tactical jobs. I love shaping wood. The main reason I started focusing on tacticool was my core customer base (being mainly HvZ and Tac Ops players) combined with the overall competition in the Steampunk/Dieselpunk genres -- it seems there are 100 Steampunk pieces to every 1 tactical rig. I kept getting requests for voltage modded pieces and modern military - and kinda just went in that direction, drifting away from Steampunk.

Ironically I am planning on doing a matched set of these for my sister's boyfriends son -- he wants a set of matched dueling pistols in a decorative wooden box - and I think this design would lend itself well for that purpose.

I hadn't even heard of the Predator -- looks awesome! I am definitely going to grab some of those and try them out.

I would offer to lend advice to any project you are doing -- but you are already at my level or above with your work! ;)
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Ashimeru Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Good job, Marc.

Your wood handle integrations got me thinking. The hunter is a great gun once you stuff some CPVC down the barrel, but I wish it were more rifle-like. The stock on it is far too short to be effective. However, since you're so good at making handles, have you thought about making a wooden stock long enough to make this feasible? I've thought about doing it myself, but I don't have any of the proper equipment.
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MarcWF Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
PS - I still owe you for the inspiration on my pink blasters. The Hello Kitty Super Happy Funtime Longstrike is friggin awesome... I was thinking of doing a SGT Frog version.
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Ashimeru Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Honored that someone of your skill took inspiration from some crazy idea I had! And a SGT frog version would be awesome.
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MarcWF Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot - I really appreciate it!

Yeah - I was thinking about that too! A full stock would be awesome -- the only negative on the Hunter is not being able to do a full wood fore-grip, like a real rifle. The plunger tube is kinda big. If you want to work on one together, I'll do the stock on the base gun and send it to you to mod and paint any way you want - a collaboration. We can sell it when it's done - or give it to some group as a gift. I need to pick up another Hunter anyway - they seem to be more rare/less common these days. (at least where I am)

Just say the word!
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faustus70 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Artist
and yet a un to the brass breech dear friend lol
nice looking mod there u have :-)
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MarcWF Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! It wasn't a true air-tight breech, but still much better than the stock Hunter design.
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DestroyerOfTheNorth Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gosh.... that looks like a truckload of modifying.... What did you do, all in all, to the gun?

Looks real... and good regardless of my outlook on steampunk... THIS is an example of one that looks good and really works out as a beautiful piece rather than the "put-brass-paint-vaccum-tubes-and-a-thermometer/compass/anything-with-a-rotating-point" method most use
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MarcWF Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! It really wasn't too hard. It was a lot less work than I anticipated.

I simply cut the stock, making sure to leave a spring post and metal rod in place, and found some pieces to strap the barrel on tight. I originally anticipated two sets of "straps", but I was able to anchor the barrel into the housing by simply shaving some of the plastic. The entire top of the case where I cut has not been sealed - you can peak down into the housing - the strap holds it all together. I made sure to paint the internals.

A paint tip with these - the paint scrapes off the bolt without some prep; you paint the bolt, fire the gun, and sand down places where the paint rubs off. Then do final paint.
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